2018 Film


The film festival weekend will be September 21-22.

Films will be shown at The Nightlight and will be viewable on the High Arts Festival app and website.

Film prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Grand Prize Public Vote ($3000), Grand Prize Juried Vote ($3000), Short Film Runner Up ($1000) and Super Short Film Runner Up ($1000). The film public and juried grand prize winners will also have the opportunity to go on a 2-day trip October 25-26 to a to-be-announced city to learn from their local arts community.

Important Deadlines

Application Closes: July 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Important Deadlines Details

Application Opens: Week of April 30, 2018 
Application Closes: June 18, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Acceptance Notification: July 9, 2018
Final Film Due: August 10
Opening Night: September 14, 2018
Closing Night: October 6, 2018

Film Contest Rules

Applies to all film entries.

Film Contest Rules Details

A film entry must be an original film that is 10 minutes in length or less

Filmmakers can enter in the following categories:

  • Super Short Film: An original film that is 60 seconds or less in length.
  • Short Film: An original film that is 61 seconds-10 minutes in length.

Film entries may not contain copyrighted material.

  • The High Arts Festival will utilize YouTube to display the films online and on the digital app. If a film contains copyrighted material, it will be disqualified.

Film entries must meet the following resolution criteria:

  • Preferred resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Minimum resolution: 1280 x 720

The film file submitted with the application must be the final version of the film.

  • Filmmakers must register and submit their $25 application fee by 11:59 p.m. on June 18. Final film files must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on August 10.

The filmmaker(s) is solely responsible for ensuring that the entry does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights.

The entry must be currently wholly owned by the filmmaker(s).

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